The Hill is facing a backlash over a report accusing President Donald Trump’s supporters of not wearing masks during a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
“President Trump and scores of supporters gathered for a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday without masks, despite the urging of a local Republican official and a state mandate,” the paper stated.
“But Trump, who has only worn a mask a few times in public, did not wear a face covering while in North Carolina. And only a smattering of supporters could be seen wearing masks, some with “MAGA” emblazoned on them,” it added.
However, the outlet used a photo of President Trump’s rally that shows all attendees behind the president were wearing masks, sparking the ire from social media users.
Former Arizona Senate candidate Daniel McCarthy slammed The Hill for its negligence, saying, “Do you guys even bother to check your work before publishing? This is embarrassing.”
Do you guys even bother to check your work before publishing?
This is embarassing
— Daniel McCarthy for US Senate (@DemandDanielAZ) September 9, 2020
“Not only can you zoom in on this photo and see everyone has a mask but in @thehill article they have a video that plays where you can see everyone wearing a mask,” said a Twitter user “Journalism is dead.”
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. reacted angrily to the news, saying, “I guess ‘journalists’ are not capable of basic observation, they just blindly run with the narrative.”
WTF? Literally all you have to do is zoom in on the picture to realize that everyone gathered in the stands is wearing a mask.
I was able to do it on my iPhone in two seconds!
I guess “journalists” are not capable of basic observation, they just blindly run with the narrative. https://t.co/aNtxhmhgGn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 9, 2020
“The Hill, did you publish any pictures of rioters, protesters, funeral attendees, church service attendees without masks?” asked a Twitter user, Tim Tieman.
The Hill, did you publish any pictures of rioters, protestors, funeral attendees, church service attendees without masks?
— Tim Tieman (@tieman2010) September 9, 2020
The MSM figures they can just lie right to your face at this point. pic.twitter.com/IOQCFUAOes
— Safing Sector (@Gplavallee72) September 9, 2020
President Trump made his third visit to North Carolina on Tuesday, rallying thousands of supporters at the Winston-Salem airport.
“I’m running for re-election to keep jobs at home, to put violent criminals behind bars, and to ensure the future belongs to America and not to China [the CCP] or other countries,” the president told his supporters who interrupted him at times with chants of “four more years,” and “we love you.”
— beenewsdaily (@BeeNewsDaily) September 9, 2020